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Cruising to South Pacific on Norwegian Jewel

We are interested in cruising in the South Pacific. Has anyone traveled there on the Jewel?
We are open to all your thoughts and comments.

Thanks
Wapak

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3 hours ago, Wapak said:
Cruising to South Pacific on Norwegian Jewel

We are interested in cruising in the South Pacific. Has anyone traveled there on the Jewel?
We are open to all your thoughts and comments.

Thanks
Wapak

 

Depends on which islands  .... with around 3500 on-board there are smaller South Pacific islands that will have far fewer inhabitants than on the ship  ..... meaning infrastructure could bean issue. 

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And make sure you're not visiting an island on a Sunday . . . Most place will be closed

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Sorry to be a downer but I truly wouldn't go on a big ship. These islands are tiny-tiny and can't handle the masses coming off a behemoth. They're not like the Caribbean where small islands have had years to adjust to tourism. This is like putting the state of California's population inside Rhode Island's. Hot sun, massive congestion, paradise gone awry. You would not see the pristine gorgeous-ness of some of the islands because of the vast influx of humanity. Save your dollars and do something that might cost a little more but where you can enjoy the islands how they were meant to be enjoyed- on a smaller ship. Think Oceania or Pacific Princess (Princess has good prices and 650 passengers!) They can all be had at good prices. I know NCL Jewel probably has great prices but it's at considerable cost to your enjoyment of most ports.

Windstar and Crystal also does the So Pacific at a lot more cost, lol! But you can do a 10 day intensive Tahiti on Marco Polo for same cost as you can do Oceania. Save the most beautiful places in the world for the ships that were truly meant to visit them.

 

 

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A ship like the Jewel is totally wrong.  Oceania and Princess are also way too big.  A Paul Gauguin or Windstar cruise is by far the best option here unless you have a large budget and can afford a 100-passenger expedition ship.  People think the South Pacific islands are like the Caribbean islands with their cruise terminals and infrastructure.  They are nothing like that, thank goodness.

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My vote goes small for either Paul Gauguin or Windstar. Frankly when you add everything up on Princess it isn't much less than a Paul Gauguin which doesn't nickel and dime you to death.

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22 hours ago, Wapak said:
Cruising to South Pacific on Norwegian Jewel

We are interested in cruising in the South Pacific. Has anyone traveled there on the Jewel?
We are open to all your thoughts and comments.

Thanks
Wapak
 
We are booked on the Norwegian Jewel for February 28 visiting the South Pacific. Yes, I do agree it would be a nicer experience aboard a smaller ship, but we are still going on the Jewel. We were on the Jewel two years ago and visited some smaller ports in New Zealand and I did not find the ports to be crowded. Akorora has a population of way under a 1000 which was one of the ports we visited. I have cruised on the smaller ships of 50 to 150 passengers and have enjoyed them immensely, but given the choice of visiting the South Pacific on a big ship or not visiting at all, I would definitely go on a big ship.
 
 
 

 

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1 hour ago, stjohnbeachlover said:

 

 

Big difference between Akorora and a small island in French Polynesia. Akorora isn't an isolated area, your close to several other smaller communities and within a short drive of the urban city of Christchurch  ..... major difference.

 

I think the point being made is you can go on a huge ship and miss the opportunity of enjoying French Polynesia the way it is meant to be enjoyed .... 

 

Heck, some of the smaller ships will change their routing when they know a huge ship is visiting and the reason is to make sure their passengers enjoy it the way it is suppose to be enjoyed.

 

If you go on a huge ship and leave your assumptions on the way French Polynesia is will be incorrect.

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18 hours ago, Fletcher said:

A ship like the Jewel is totally wrong.  Oceania and Princess are also way too big.  A Paul Gauguin or Windstar cruise is by far the best option here unless you have a large budget and can afford a 100-passenger expedition ship.  People think the South Pacific islands are like the Caribbean islands with their cruise terminals and infrastructure.  They are nothing like that, thank goodness.

 

I'm probably the oldest one entering an opinion at age 67, but I've been on all the ships discussed here except for Crystal and the Jewel. Yes on Marco Polo x1 , yes on Oceania x3, yes on Pacific Princess x1, and yes on Windstar x2 most recently last December. My personal favorite having done them all is Wind Spirit but If someone is on a budget there is certainly nothing wrong with a smaller ship like Oceania or Princess.  Wind Spirit is a mere 5,000 gross tons, PG 22000 gross tons and Oceania and Princess R class ships are 30000. Wind Star will always have my heart but size wise PG and Oceania/Princess aren't really that far off!

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3 hours ago, Petoonya said:

 

Yes on Marco Polo x1 , yes on Oceania x3

 

Have no idea where my head was!! A thousand apologies to the fans of the beloved Paul Gaugain. Don't know why I referred to PG as Marco Polo🙄

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On 8/19/2019 at 6:51 AM, Wapak said:
Cruising to South Pacific on Norwegian Jewel

We are interested in cruising in the South Pacific. Has anyone traveled there on the Jewel?
We are open to all your thoughts and comments.

Thanks
Wapak

We sailed on the Jewel to the South Pacific two years ago.  We enjoyed it and it's a great ship.

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14 hours ago, BSR said:

We sailed on the Jewel to the South Pacific two years ago.  We enjoyed it and it's a great ship.

 

IMO  .... the  Norwegian Jewel is way to big to visit many of the smaller islands in the South Pacific. With 3,000 people on-board it's a whale in a small lagoon. The ship has more people on her much of the population of the smaller islands which means they don't have the infrastructure to handle such a large ship.

 

 

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43 minutes ago, Tahitianbigkahuna said:

 

IMO  .... the  Norwegian Jewel is way to big to visit many of the smaller islands in the South Pacific. With 3,000 people on-board it's a whale in a small lagoon. The ship has more people on her much of the population of the smaller islands which means they don't have the infrastructure to handle such a large ship.

 

 

If the ship sails full, it holds 2,376 people.  Some of the ports, we did out numbered the population on the islands.  I don't recall it being a problem.

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5 minutes ago, BSR said:

If the ship sails full, it holds 2,376 people.  Some of the ports, we did out numbered the population on the islands.  I don't recall it being a problem.

 

The ship with crew and many have time off the ship in port holds 3,000

 

Guess you haven't been on an island with lets say around 500 inhabitants   ..... it is a problem IMO

 

I mean you did say, "We are open to all your thoughts and comments."  I gave you mine 😉

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Take Matira Beach on Bora Bora.  Two thousand people, hardly any infrastructure at all, hardly any toilets, everyone drinking gallons of water, fizzy drinks, beers . . . would I go swimming?  Er . . . no.

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Feel like we "anti-massive-ships-in-South Pacific" are just lamenting the potential loss of the grandeur of places like Bora Bora... like what happened in Hawaii. When too many people visit a tiny island for 8-10 hours stuff gets trampled. Natives get rattled.

The earth groans lol.

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Petoonya said:

Feel like we "anti-massive-ships-in-South Pacific" are just lamenting the potential loss of the grandeur of places like Bora Bora... like what happened in Hawaii. When too many people visit a tiny island for 8-10 hours stuff gets trampled. Natives get rattled.

The earth groans lol.

 

And we who are in love with French Polynesia will venture out further to get away from the crowds or stick on small ships that maneuver around the big whales in order to give their guest a better glimpse of Polynesia. I'm just glad we found paradise before the masses ....

 

 

 

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I was on the Jewel in 2017 and cruised Papeete to Sydney. I had an absolutely wonderful time and loved the ship. So much so that I have booked to cruise again and repeat the itinerary in November. Passenger capacity was around 2,000 and it didn’t feel crowded anywhere. I did a lot of snorkelling excursions booked privately through local operators in French Polynesia. They need a certain number to operate their tour to fit the cruiseship schedule which can be hard on the smaller ships. The Jewel, being a mid size ship is very stable in the water something I appreciated when getting closer to Aus as I remember past cruises on smaller ships in this region feeling quite ill. I had no problems whatsoever with the Jewel. 

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On 9/12/2019 at 9:40 AM, karoo said:

I was on the Jewel in 2017 and cruised Papeete to Sydney. I had an absolutely wonderful time and loved the ship. So much so that I have booked to cruise again and repeat the itinerary in November. Passenger capacity was around 2,000 and it didn’t feel crowded anywhere. I did a lot of snorkelling excursions booked privately through local operators in French Polynesia. They need a certain number to operate their tour to fit the cruiseship schedule which can be hard on the smaller ships. The Jewel, being a mid size ship is very stable in the water something I appreciated when getting closer to Aus as I remember past cruises on smaller ships in this region feeling quite ill. I had no problems whatsoever with the Jewel. 

You may have had no problem with the Jewel but the locals may have had problems with it. And from talking to locals as I have they did.

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11 hours ago, Petoonya said:

You may have had no problem with the Jewel but the locals may have had problems with it. And from talking to locals as I have they did.

 

I guess it depends which locals you talk to. I know the local tour operators that I booked through were all extremely grateful for the money they made that day. L'Excursion Bleue said it was the most tourists they've ever had in one day and I got that response from many of the operators. Nothing but positive comments. Even the Pago Pago bus driver/guide who took us to his kid's school, house etc as well as many of the highlights of the island -said when a big cruise ship (it's really midsize) visits they make lots of money. Visiting his home and family was very humbling and I'm sure the money he made that day was much appreciated. Tourism in many of these places is their number one industry. As long as we respect the people, are careful not to damage the coral I'm sure the money that pours into their economy all helps. JMO

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21 hours ago, Petoonya said:

You may have had no problem with the Jewel but the locals may have had problems with it. And from talking to locals as I have they did.

I agree with Karoo.  We have been on Golden Princess to some of these places(Bora Bora, Papeete, Pago Pago) and the people were very welcoming and happy to have us in their community.  My husband and I just visit with anyone who is around and we have never gotten a negative response at all.  At the stores and shops, they are thrilled to talk to us and happy to have the income. We are also going on the Jewel and are very much looking forward to it.

 

We just returned from Princess's maiden voyage to Greenland and even the small village with 1000 people were very, very happy to have a ship that size(almost 4000 total people) visit.  They made tons of money in a very poor area.  School kids even went to the pier to practice their English skills.  

 

It may be a pain to have so many people in town, but if it makes the community money, then I think it is good.

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On 9/14/2019 at 11:08 AM, Level six said:

It may be a pain to have so many people in town, but if it makes the community money, then I think it is good.

 

Our perceptions are very different.

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You haven't experienced French Polynesia the way it is meant to be if you do on a BIG ship.

 

It is so much a factor that some smaller ships will change there schedules to make sure they are not visiting the same island if a BIG ship is going to be there .

 

You can't tell me that a ship with 3000 people (cruisers and crew) overwhelms a small island like Fakarava or the Marquesas. Raiatea has a actual wharf so a ship can tie off and a population of 12,000. Bora Bora has enough people to handle a BIG ship.. Moorea can handle it but several BIG ships do visit islands with less than 1000 people, that's just wrong IMO.  

 

Large ships overwhelm less populated islands .... nuff said

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31 minutes ago, Tahitianbigkahuna said:

You haven't experienced French Polynesia the way it is meant to be if you do on a BIG ship.

 

It is so much a factor that some smaller ships will change there schedules to make sure they are not visiting the same island if a BIG ship is going to be there .

 

You can't tell me that a ship with 3000 people (cruisers and crew) overwhelms a small island like Fakarava or the Marquesas. Raiatea has a actual wharf so a ship can tie off and a population of 12,000. Bora Bora has enough people to handle a BIG ship.. Moorea can handle it but several BIG ships do visit islands with less than 1000 people, that's just wrong IMO.  

 

Large ships overwhelm less populated islands .... nuff said

I agree.  Just like the mega ships going to Alaska, it is insane there now, sometimes over 15,000 passengers per day in some ports. 

 I was only saying that the local people I had interacted with only seemed positive.  That was my point.  No doubt it is a better experience on a smaller ship.  

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Big ships are mass market, cheap, nickel&dimey.  Small ships are exclusive, all-inclusive, expensive.  That's a major factor in this  discussion.  

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